It is not always easy to know what to think about or to do on the day you get your A-Level results, so here are a few tips to help you along the way…
On one Thursday morning back in 2001, I was convinced that Biology had ruined my life.
Going into my A-Levels results day, I had my whole future planned out, but by the end of the morning my plan was in shreds and I was a tearful wreck.
What happened on my results day did have a big impact on the rest of my life. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I had to spend the next four years of my life in a town called Norwich. Understandably, I was gutted,
If you are getting your results today, then it is without doubt an emotional and significant day for you. It is not always easy to know what to think about or do on a day like today, so here are a few tips as you come at the day.
1. Take a Moment and Look Back
Whether things have gone as you hoped or not, today marks the end of an era for you. Think back to where you were at two years ago as you started your course, and how much you have learned since then. Think about how you have grown and developed as a person. Think about the people you have had the privilege of meeting along the way. Look back; and as you do, thank God for the memories and for all that he has done in your life over the last couple of years.
2. Take a Moment and Look Around
One of the hardest things about finishing your A-Levels and moving on to uni is that you will be seeing a lot less of your close friends and forming lots of brand new friendship groups. Whether you will be moving away from home, or you stay put and see lots of your friends move, these next few weeks before uni starts are an ideal time to invest in the people who you have been close with for years. Make the most of the time you have with them, and create memories that you will treasure in the seasons ahead.
3. Take a Moment and Look Inside
Reflect on the truths that God has spoken over you, and know that whatever grades are written on your result, those grades can never define you. God has chosen you, redeemed you and brought you into his family as a son or daughter. He has removed all your sins and called you a saint. It is impossible to succeed so much that you stop needing God’s love, and it is impossible to fail so hard that he stops giving that love.
4. Take a Moment and Look Up
Today is a great day for worship. It is easy to get swept up in the circumstances of the moment, but it is so important to let our hearts latch onto something that transcends what is happening around us. Stick on your favourite praise tracks (how about this cracker from our very own Jake Woodward?) and lift your eyes to heaven. Praise God because he is good, and that in all things (including your A-Level results day) he is working for your good. As disappointed as I was to flunk Biology, I can now honestly say that it was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because it was when I was at uni in Norwich that I first met Jesus and my life has never been the same since.
5. Take a Moment and Look Ahead
By the end of today, you will probably have a bit more clarity about what your future holds than you did yesterday evening. Now that you know what is ahead, you can begin to make your preparations. There are lots of practical things that you can do, and learning a few basic recipes is definitely a winner, but it is also important to have a plan for your walk with God. Why not start now looking for a church in the place you will be moving to (and if that place is Manchester, we’d love to help you feel at home at CCM), try to connect with student Christian groups through Facebook, and have a think about what it could look like to explain your testimony when it comes up in conversation with your flatmates.
“In all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:38)
Written by:Tom O'Toole